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Piano seeking New Home

As part of the consolidation of Blind Citizens NSW and Blind Citizens Australia we are considering current assets, and have a piano which we are planning to give away.

It is a piano that has been in use in Shirley House for many years, and minded by one of our members since that time. It has not been tuned for a number of years, but is in good condition otherwise.

We are seeking a musician who could put the piano to good use and who is blind or vision impaired. We are happy to give away the piano, but transport to its next home would need to be arranged.

Could interested people please contact Melea in our office and we will then make further arrangements.

phone: 1800 033 660 or Email Melea.oconnell@bca.org.au

Workshops on accessing the support you need in the new world of disability care

For all our Sydney Members and Followers have you registered? BCA is fascilitating a series of workshops on accessing the support you need in the new world of disability care.

The next one will commence this Saturday at the Parramatta RSL Club, Corner of O’Connell St and Macquarie St, Parramatta. Saturday, 10th February 2018. 10:00am – 1:30pm.

BCA Received great feedback on the first workshop held in New Castle. So come along and find out for yourselves.

to attend, please contact our Project Officer Sally at sally.aurisch@bca.org.au by Wednesday, 7th February 2018 to register.

Each workshop will include:

  • A session on My Aged Care that will cover how to prepare for each type of assessment and what you can expect both during and after each assessment. There will also be information on Co-Payments and how they work, Accessing Assistive Technology, the review process and advocacy supports available to you.
  • At the same time, we will be running a session on the NDIS, this will cover some information on preparing for a planning meeting, whether it’s your first one or a review; different ways you can use your budgets to meet your goals; accessing assistive technology and the review process.
  • We will also spend time as a group looking at self-advocacy and negotiation.
  • The day will conclude with a question and answer forum.

After Sydney, , workshops will be held at :

  • Mudgee Library – Tuesday, 13th February 2018
  • Tweed Heads (Venue TBC) – Saturday, 24th February 2018
  • Canberra Griffin Centre – Saturday, 3rd March 2018
  • Wagga Wagga RSL Club – Saturday, 10th March 2018
  • Coffs Harbour Neighbourhood Centre – Saturday, 17th March 2018

For more information or to register please call Sally on 03 9654 1400 or email sally.aurisch@bca.org.au

teleconferences on what the NSW state plan should include

Dear Members,

A reminder that there are 2 teleconferences coming up next week for people in NSW and the ACT to have input into what the NSW state plan should include.

The dates for these teleconferences are:

  • Wednesday 24 January, 10AM-12PM, and
  • Thursday 25 January, 7PM-9PM.

To register your interest and receive dial-in details please contact BCA on 1800 033 660 or email: Krystel.malcolm@bca.org.au

The NSW State Division committee will meet with key stakeholders for a planning day in mid February, and the contributions gathered from members at next week’s teleconferences will be crucial to informing this planning day.

vacancy at BCA: Administration & Communications Officer (Sydney)

Dear members,

The following information relates to a current vacancy at BCA: Administration & Communications Officer (Sydney).

BCA is seeking an experienced and highly motivated person with significant administration experience in the not-for-profit sector to contribute to our team.

The successful applicant will work from our Sydney office (located in the western suburbs of Sydney). We encourage applications from people who are blind or vision impaired, Aboriginal people and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Applications are invited for the position of Administration and Communications Officer, at 25 hours per week for 12 months with the possibility of extension. Desirably you will be able to work 5 days per week for 5 hours per day. Final working arrangements will be negotiated with the successful candidate. Salary will be based on experience and salary sacrificing is available. A probation period of 3 months will apply.

As Administration & Communications Officer, you will provide an effective and efficient administration and communications resource to BCA’s Sydney office and assist the organisation in any other appropriate manner. An important requirement of the role is to maintain ongoing effective relationships with members of Blind Citizens New South Wales (BCNSW), which merged with BCA in December 2017.

Please go here to download a copy of the Position Description

For further information, please contact Tony Grant on 1800 033 660 or tony.grant@bca.org.au

Applications addressing the selection criteria contained in the Position Description, and including a resume and the names and contact details of two referees, should be forwarded to the email above in Microsoft Word format only, by 5:00PM on Monday 29 January 2018.

Blind Citizens NSW Makes Historic Decision

At a Special General Meeting held in Sydney on Saturday, 2 December, the members of Blind Citizens NSW, (BCNSW) voted in favour of the two resolutions required to consolidate BCNSW into BCA.

BCA has congratulated members of BCNSW on this historic decision which will ensure that people who are blind or vision impaired in NSW and the ACT benefit from 150 years of collective advocacy experience, whilst retaining the strong, local community connectedness which has been central to the success of BCNSW for over a century. BCNSW members also spoke in support of the consolidation, both in terms of the benefits to people who are blind or vision impaired and the consolidation of limited resources to reduce duplication and maximise the impact for members across the state.

Graeme Innes was appointed as President of the interim BCNSW Management Committee with responsibility for winding up the organisation and transferring BCNSW operations and assets to BCA. Graeme indicated that members of BCNSW would have their membership transferred to BCA but that they could opt out if they did not wish to become BCA members.

BCA President, John Simpson welcomed BCNSW staff to the BCA team and said that a top priority would be to transfer their employment to BCA. A NSW state division has now been created by the BCA board. When the board meets in Melbourne next weekend it will appoint the NSW state division committee which will join with key stakeholders for a planning day in mid February.

Notice of Special General Meeting and 2017 Annual General Meeting

Notice of Special General meeting.
Annual General Meeting.

Association of Blind Citizens of NSW Inc
known as Blind Citizens NSW

Notice is given of a Special General Meeting of the above organisation to be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday 2 December 2017

At The Globe room Wotso Work space, Bake house quarter. Level 2, 5 George Street North Strathfield

To consider the following special resolutions requiring a 75 % majority of the votes cast.

1. That in accordance with requirements of the Incorporated Associations legislation administered by the NSW Department of Fair Trading this organisation resolves by special resolution to amend all clauses of its constitution which require passage of special resolutions by a two-thirds majority of the votes cast to provide that such resolutions require a 75 % majority of the votes cast.

2. That in order to consolidate this organisation with Blind Citizens Australia, and in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding between this organisation and Blind Citizens Australia approved by our members on 11 February 2017, this meeting of the members of the Association of Blind Citizens NSW resolves by special resolution that:
The Association be voluntarily wound up;
Subject to approval from Fair Trading NSW any surplus assets of the Association be transferred to Blind Citizens Australia ACN 006985226; and
The Management Committee of the Association be authorised to take all steps necessary to give effect to, or that are ancillary to, the resolutions above including — without limitation — communicating and lodging all forms and materials with all relevant regulators.

Notice is also given of the Annual general meeting to be held from 11AM to receive the 2016/2017 annual report and audited financial reports and elect the Management committee and office bearers for the coming 2017/2018 financial year.

You can read or download a copy of the previous BCNSW AGM minutes here: 2016 Annual General Meeting Minutes (Word docx)

Opportunity to Travel to the USA California to work as a volunteer Peer Counselor

Blind Citizens NSW is extending the invitation to apply for the Enchanted Hills Camp volunteer Peer counselor opportunity to all people who are blind or vision impaired across Australia, who are over the age of 18.

There will now be 2 groups of applications.
1 for people resident in NSW and the ACT, and 1 for residents in other states.

Applications close on Sunday the 23rd of April.
Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview in the first week of May with successful candidates to be announced by the 20th of May at BCNSW’s next general meeting.
The maximum number of successful candidates is 4.

Departure will be from Sydney, on the 16th of June.
All successful candidates are responsible for the cost of their own travel to Sydney International airport.

Blind Citizens NSW (BCNSW) is inviting expressions of interest from People who are blind or vision impaired for the opportunity to Travel to the USA California to work as a volunteer Peer Counselor at the Light house for the Blind Enchanted Hills camp.

BCNSW is a consumer based organization of people who are blind or vision impaired, (advocating for the needs and rights of people who are blind or vision impaired in NSW and the ACT for over 100 years. In addition, we provide valuable peer support and information to our members and others in the community.

BCNSW is aware that with the main streaming of school education, people who are blind or vision impaired do not have as many opportunities to mix with others who are blind or vision impaired to swap Strategies, gain confidence and see role models in older blind and vision impaired people.

We are therefore happy to be partnering with the San Francisco Lighthouse to sponsor a group of up to 4 people who are blind or vision impaired and over the age of 18to work as volunteer Peer Counselors at the Enchanted Hills camp.

It is hoped that this opportunity will provide applicants with the skills and experience of providing peer mentoring and leadership for the blind and vision impaired community.

In turn it is anticipated that applicants will bring these skills to bear in assisting BCNSW to develop peer programs for blind and vision impaired people in NSW and the ACT. By including applicants from other states, it is anopportunity to strengthen networks and relationships and establish new peer support opportunities in your home state.

When: This opportunity will take place between Friday the 16th of June, and Sunday the 6th of August or Sunday the 20th of August depending on Candidates availability. 2017. (American Summer time)

Successful candidates will have the cost of return airfares from Sydney to California covered by Blind Citizens NSW, Food and accomedation is included as you are expected to reside at the Enchanted Hills Camp premises for the duration of your stay. Candidates are responsible
for all other expenses including visa’s, travel insurance and your own travel from home to Sydney International Airport.

Go here to download the Enchanted Hills Camp Application Form and Information pack

Enchanted Hills Camp for the Blind
Enchanted Hills Camp and Retreat serves blind children, teens, adults, deaf-blind, seniors, as well as families of the blind. Since 1950, Enchanted Hills has provided valuable opportunities for recreation in a fun, challenging and accessible way. Located on 311 acres on scenic Mt. Veeder, Enchanted Hills is just 10 miles west of Napa, California.

The experience of summer camp holds countless opportunities for enjoyment and learning in many a young person’s life. Whether it’s exploring a trail in the woods or creating a skit as a team to perform in front of an audience, camp provides a wealth of structured and unrestricted moments that contribute to childhood socialization, growth and development.

Founded in 1950 by Rose Resnick, Enchanted Hills was the first camp of its kind on the West Coast, to fill a void as there was not one recreational facility for blind children to explore, thrive and gain confidence. Owned and managed by the California Lighthouse for the blind, Enchanted Hills retains much of its original character while benefitting from constant structural improvement.

In 2015, the Lighthouse hired master woodworker and blind contractor George Wurtzel as EHC’s construction manager. Since then Wurtzel has overseen many exciting projects, including the blazing of a 3-mile horse trail, the development of the Redwood Grove Theater, and the barn rehabilitation that is now the Delong Sweet Tactile Arts Workshop.

Year-round, we hold our flagship blindness skills immersion training “Changing Vision, Changing Lives” at camp in addition to offering one-off classes for blind individuals of all ages and levels of sight.
In the warm months, Enchanted Hills is constantly abuzz with classes, retreats and educational academies for blind, deaf-blind, and those with low vision or multiple disabilities. This includes a blind chemistry camp, music academy, horse camp, a national woodworkers meeting, deaf-blind camp, specialty small woodworking lessons, and programs for blind babies and their families.

For more information about Enchanted Hills camp for the blind visit lighthouse-sf.org/enchanted-hills/about-enchanted-hills

Notice of Annual General Meeting

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Date: Saturday 21 November, at 11 am.
Venue: Aurora Hotel, Sydney. (Opposite Central Railway Station).

324 Elizabeth Street
Surry Hills, NSW 2010
Time: 11 A.M

The Association of Blind Citizens of NSW will hold its AGM on Saturday 21 November, at 11 am.

Afterwards, at 12 midday, we will remain at the Hotel to celebrate our Christmas Event, in conjunction with the Sydney Branch of Blind Citizens Australia.

There is a selection of Meal choices from the menu, at the cost of $10.00.

For further details, please contact the office.

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Tactile Tour of Sydney Art Gallery

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There is a proposal for a guided tactile tour of the Art Gallery in February 2016, so please express your interest to attend.

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